Palo Verde Wash

Borrego Springs, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 05/21/2019
4 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10 miles
Highest Elevation: 492 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Borrego Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Salton City
Official Road Name: Palo Verde Wash
Management Agency: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Highlights

Highlight: Palo Verde Wash
In the middle of the overland capital of the world, Anza Borrego, sits this great cut-through wash that allows you to dust off the 4x4's and let your hair blow in the wind. Many off-road enthusiasts use Palo Verde Wash as a connector from San Felipe Wash to the S22. Named after the green twigs on the trail, Palo Verde is a Spanish term for these small plants. Thus, when in the area, take a side trip down Palo Verde Wash to change things up.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Southern Trailhead at San Felipe Wash (0 mi)
The trail connects with San Felipe Wash and heads north.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.171768, -116.137502

Starting Point: Borrego Springs, CA

From Borrego Springs, CA, take S22 east 13.8 miles. The wash will be on the south side of the road.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (6)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Open wash road with some really deep sand and no other concerns. Plenty of campsites along the trail....almost too many where you can't decide. Sunset was beautiful.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Just a quick note here . . . I live in Borrego Springs, just a few miles from Palo Verde Wash. Over the years, I've run it many times in my Subaru Outback AWD with no trouble. Lately, due to the lack of rain, much of the back country is a lot more plagued with deep sand. We also had a lot of rain last winter, which exposed more rocks. We ran this wash in our Rubicon a few weeks ago. We didn't have any difficulties, but now it would have been shaky in the Subaru.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Only ran the top half from point 4 to 6. It’s a wide ran. On one half there is a rock bed that 2WD can easily handle. The other side is deep loose sand had to use 4WD to get to the end. Clearance was never really an issue.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
I think the rains have made the wash a little rougher. I couldn't imagine driving it at 50 mph like the previous review, but I guess anything is possible!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The trail was sort of hard to follow after all the rain they had this winter. Make sure you have a GPX file to follow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran from Ocotillos 4x4 course to Anza via Palo Verde. I love taking this wash when going between the two. It is way faster then take the asphualt road and the drive was way better. My new Falkens did their job perfect and allowed me to keep a high speed (50+ mph) while on the wash. While there we saw some gold flakes on the wash bed, we stopped and checked it out.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: This review and the one of "The Slot" both mention San Felipe Wash as a connector. When I click on the link for San Felipe I get a "404" error. Can you give the mods a heads-up?
–sdde4n (10/08/2018)
–John (02/19/2019)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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